Monday, 4 July 2011

No Rest for Andrew Gulli

I have enjoyed the company and work of Andrew Gulli, the publisher / editor for Strand Magazine for many years, on my trips to Bouchercon. Gulli is major figure in the genre, who is now involved in a major new release as reported by Reuters

Andrew Gulli, who runs Strand Magazine specializing in crime thrillers and mystery short stories, came up with the idea for a plot and initially invited 12 writers to contribute chapters of their own.

"I had an idea about a woman who was executed for a crime she didn't commit," said Gulli. "So I wrote a prologue and handed it to the first author and he and the others started to write."

What he got back was not enough to make a coherent novel, so he invited more writers and ended up with a total of 26.

The list includes novelist Jeffery Deaver, best known for his Lincoln Rhyme series and now the latest authorized James Bond sequel, Alexander McCall Smith and Kathy Reichs.

"If you add up the group of writers who have taken part in this book, you'll find they have sales of hundreds of millions of books," Gulli told Reuters. "In the history of publishing nothing like this has ever occurred."

The piece relays how work was entailed in getting this book to market

The project took Gulli four years, and his greatest challenges were finding authors willing to contribute for a nominal fee as well as keeping the style and story constant enough for it to be readable.

"I think it's a very entertaining read. When we re-read it, we thought it had the best of all possible worlds in that you can still see the different styles."

Gulli called in his sister Lamia to help edit the novel and share the workload. The pair plan to give all of their proceeds from the book to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after they lost their mother to the disease in 1997.

No Rest For the Dead is published by Simon & Schuster tomorrow on July 5 and the book launchwhere some of the authors will be signing copies of the book is to be held on Friday, July 8th, at 7 p.m. at The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.

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Photo © Ali Karim 2009 “Andrew Gulli at Bouchercon Indianapolis 2009”

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